October 8, 2010
Review - " Life As We Know It " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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The only way to stay interested in predictable movies is seeing how the writer, director and actors handle the script. Life As
We Know It stood up right at the start of the movie, and while not shouting at the top of its lungs what the ending would be
via the tallest building in Australia, it was made quite obvious where the movie would eventually end up. With the two leads
of Heigl and Duhamel together and declaring their love for one another.
Oops, I just gave away the ending!
Oh well, you would’ve figured it out in the first five minutes anyway. Okay, so now here is the main reason why it won’t be a
waste of nearly two hours, even though you know the ending – because it actually has some depth to it.
It’s about discovering things you didn’t necessarily know you wanted in unexpected places, and it’s done in a way that doesn’
t make you want to throw your popcorn at the screen in disgust at its cheesiness.
It’s about dealing with the unexpected things that life throws at you and blindly finding your way while not losing your sense
of self on the way to finding a new present, no matter how much you miss the old one.
And therein lies the appeal of this movie once
you start watching it, it’s easy to identify with,
not necessarily in the exact same situation,
but one can draw similarities between some
incidents and reactions in the movies to real
life. I don’t know about anyone else, but baby
poop and flying vomit in the face is nothing
new, but always an easy laugh if done
The charming pairing of Heigl and Duhamel
is what keeps this movie bouncing along at
a funny pace and while it’s not going to win
either of them any Delta nominations, it’s
lighthearted and witty and once released
on DVD, Life as We Know It will slot into
the DVD cabinet right between 27 Dresses
and Knocked Up.
Life As We Know It
Directed By: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina
Hendricks, Hayes MacArthur, Alexis Clagett, Brynn Clagett, Brooke
Clagett, Brooke Liddell, Kiley Liddell, Will Sasso
Katherine Heigl is quickly stepping up to share the romcom podium
with the likes of Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts. In
the past couple of years in between Grey’s Anatomy Heigl has worked
on popular, girly movies like 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and
Knocked Up. Life as We Know It is in the same category as those
movies and treads a slightly different, albeit predictable, path.
Holly (Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel) have only one thing in
common, their best friends, Alison (Christina Hendricks) and Peter
(Hayes MacArthur). After Holly and Messer are set up on a disastrous
blind date by their friends, the two find themselves constantly thrown
together, especially after the birth of Alison and Peter’s daughter
Tragedy strikes when Alison and Peter are killed in a car accident. As
fate would have it they leave the job of raising Sophie to Holly and
What follows after that is a thoroughly predictable, enjoyable piece of
fluff as Holly and Messer quip witty oneliners at each other while
juggling the extra responsibility of raising a child.